survivor survey results

Psychiatric survivor stories often include more than one identity

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  • I am a psychiatric survivor and would like everyone to come visit my site to support me. The name of my site is The Story of a Proud Nut Case located at http://www.oocities.org/vdgaines/home.html :-). If possible please email me at vdgaines@yahoo.com to let me know what you think. Thanks.

    To life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness!

  • Someone Else

    I am a psychiatric abuse survivor. Reading all my medical records, and researching the psycho / pharmaceutical industries, helped me to understand why I was misdiagnosed, according to the DSM-TR-IV. And I’ve learned likely millions of people, were misdiagnosed in the exact same way. You likely CAN recover from bipolar, have hope.

    According to my medical records, I had a PCP who was paranoid I would sue for malpractice due to a “bad fix” on a broken bone. As it turned out, her husband had been the “attending physician” at the botched surgery. She chose to cover up her husband’s “easily recognized iatrogenic artifact,” by causing a “complex iatrogenic artifact.” She mandated I take three drugs.

    She put me on a “safe smoking cessation” med, Wellbutrin, along with a pain killer, Ultram, and an anti-inflammatory, Voltaren. Wellbutrin now carries a FDA mandated black box warning stating it causes “mania, suicides, and violence.” Ultram, according to the FDA drug interaction checker has a major drug interaction warning with Wellbutrin. And NSAIs, like Voltaren, are notorious for their adverse drug reactions. This bad drug cocktail, of course, caused adverse side effects. My PCP insisted these couldn’t be caused by the drugs, however.

    Due to a powerful Christian dream on the night of 9.11.2001, I finally decided to talk to a “Christian therapist.” Unfortunately, this therapist was no Christian. According to her medical records, she claimed my dream was “voices,” defamed me to my husband as “manic,” and mandated I be drugged up. According to the DSM-IV-TR, if “mania is caused by a drug, then a bipolar diagnosis is WRONG. My “mania” consisted of driving to the same hairsylist I’d been going to for the past 15 years, donating $400 to a children’s charity, and my dream query.

    The first antipsychotic I was put on resulted in a psychotic-like terror, and the psychiatrist thought this horrendously bad reaction could be cured by doubling the med. My husband and I thought that was insane, so found a new doctor. This first psychiatrist did confess in his medical records to a “Foul up,” but only after I left him .

    All the next psychiatrist’s chemistry experiments resulted in foul ups, too. I’ll spare you the gory details, and suffice it to say I had my entire life declared a “credible fictional story” in my medical records, and I have zero respect for the psychiatric community any longer.

    My point in sharing this is that I’ve learned millions of people, especially children, were put on ADHD drugs and antidepressants (both known to cause “mania, suicides, and violence”), then had the adverse effects of these drugs MISDIAGNOSED, according to the DSM-IV-TR itself, as bipolar.

    Bipolar meds do NOT cure drug induced mania. If you’ve had drug induced adverse side effects misdiagnosed as bipolar getting carefully weaned off the meds, hopefully with the help of a doctor, is how to heal from bipolar.

    I will warn you, however, that the drug withdrawal effects go on for much longer than the DSM-IV-TR states, so most psychiatrists will misdiagnose, for example, lithium withdrawal induced mania, as a return of the bipolar. It’s not. I’ve been drug free for six years now and have had no subsequent issues.

    I highly recommend reading Robert Whitaker’s books, “Mad in America” and “Anatomy of an Epidemic.” Peter Breggin’s books are also very informative. Google iatrogenic bipolar, and read several pages of those posts. Google “childhood bipolar epidemic.” There have been way too many people, including over a million children, misdiagnosed as bipolar, and getting properly weaned off the meds is how to cure iatrogenic bipolar.

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